Jensen Interceptor is without doubt one of the brightest lights on the booming electro scene that’s seen a renaissance within the latest years.
He first piqued the curiosity of DJs from Helena Hauff to Maceo Plex by releases on Boysnoize Records, Motorik! and Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit in recent times together with his devastating model of floor-focused electro, which ranged from mechanical electro-funk to mutant ghettotech. 2018 has been a very prolific yr for him as a producer. Real title Mikey Melas, he’s dropped a minimum of seven EPs, on labels together with E-Beamz, Cultivated Electronics and Power Station, with productions constructed on a maturing of his distinctive sound.
“I am feeling assured in my work and issues are taking place quite a bit faster today,” Melas explains of his productions on the cellphone to DJ Mag. The result's an more and more busy tour diary, which has seen him spin at Concrete, Bloc and No Bounds Festival by 2018, in addition to being locked to make headline appearances earlier than the shut of the yr.
2018 has additionally seen Melas discover areas not heard from him as Jensen Interceptor earlier than, with the outstanding ‘Delayed Response’ EP on Power Station transferring into EBM and wave sounds. “I've at all times liked post-punk, chilly wave, EBM and new beat information since I first found digital music,” he enthuses. “I at all times wished to make that stuff and do really feel like I've touched onto these sounds. However, previously I hesitated, as a result of I self-consciously thought no labels could be into it — which is a horrible thoughts set to have when making music. But after associates like The Hacker, Kris Baha, Alessandro Adriani, Cardo Pusher and Privacy had the balls to push that sound once more, I’ve positively been re-inspired.”
Melas additionally began his personal International Chrome imprint in May with long-term collaborator, Assembler Code, with the pair having put out two releases on the label thus far. “We have so many wonderful associates round us making unbelievable music — in addition to our personal endless output — so creating International Chrome was a no brainer,” he explains of the label. “The focus is weaponized electro for the membership. We might discover different genres sooner or later however for now we’re fortunately locked into the Drexciyan realm.”
The duo has continued a prolific partnership — which Melas has beforehand described as his “favorite tag group” on social media — collectively within the studio too. After dropping the ‘sixth Element’ EP collectively on Boysnoize Records final yr, the duo has dropped three EPs as a duo in 2018. “We have been working collectively for just a few years now,” Melas explains. “Being the blending and mastering genius that he's, Brendan [Assembler Code] was mixing down my tracks earlier than he was writing electro. One day I got here into the studio and he confirmed me some beats. Once he hit play I knew right away he was not simply gifted as an engineer but in addition as a composer and that we might make some wonderful tracks collectively. I suppose I supply my years of expertise and information of electro and dance music to the equation and he's the muscle, offering final sonic energy.”
The debut EP on International Chrome additionally noticed Melas head into the studio with electro royalty, The Hacker. So how was it working with such a cult determine of digital music? “A dream come true!” he enthuses. “To offer you some context into how a lot a of a Jedi grasp Michel [The Hacker] is, we wrote the ‘Trigger Zone’ EP in sooner or later. It scares me to assume what we might have performed if we’d had extra time collectively. He was superior to work with. Whatever thought I had, Michel might create it with the SH-101 in about three minutes,” he laughs.
The finish of the yr additionally sees Melas put out his debut album on Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic. Featuring collaborations with DeFekT, The Hacker and, after all, Assembler Code, the ten-track LP is an ode to his mum, titled ‘Mother’. One of the strongest albums of the yr thus far, it’s a relentless showcase that fleshes out his signature sound over almost an hour of club-focused electro, with highlights coming from the mechanical electro weapon of ‘Drip Freq’, and the dusty, Detroit-esque manufacturing styling heard on cuts like ‘Ufology’. “I by no means thought I'd do an album,” he smiles. “Maceo first requested me for an EP, however once I despatched the tracks I needed to Eric [Maceo Plex] he liked all of them and responded, ‘ship me one or two extra and let’s do an album’.
“I used to be feeling essentially the most assured I had ever felt writing, so as soon as Eric gave me his belief, a swap went off and I used to be writing nonstop. I used to be additionally blessed to have some heroes of mine soar on board and assist me push issues even additional ahead into my electro fantasy realm. It’s positively geared in direction of the membership and I couldn’t be happier with the way it has all come collectively. The tracks completely mirror my influences and my love for the girl who has made it potential for me to comply with my goals, my mom.”
For his Recognise combine, Melas delivers an hour of music that mirror each his influences — with tracks from Arpanet, The Hacker, Dopplereffekt and Das Muster — in addition to the sound he’s seen spinning in membership, with newer materials from Nite Fleit, Volruptus, Sansibar and Privacy. “One actual stand out on right here for me is certainly the 'Trigger My Sequencer' observe by the mighty ESS,” he says of the combination, “which I hear by the grapevine could also be receiving a really particular re-release by a sure somebody’s label.”
Listen to Jensen Interceptor’s Recognise combine beneath.